South London Jobs Fair to create opportunities for local businesses and generate employment


By - Monday 21st July, 2014

South London Jobs Fair aims to boost local businesses and help job seekers. To be held at Fairfield Halls Croydon on Tuesday 21st October, it will bring together housing associations and local councils offering work and training opportunities, and applicants who will have the opportunity to learn about winning public sector contracts and organisations. 


Job centre.
Photo by JJ Ellison, used under Creative Commons Licence.

Release begins: South London Jobs Fair is back to help local businesses and job seekers, supported by housing associations and local councils.

The Jobs Fair creates a boost to local businesses by offering them an opportunity to learn about winning contracts in the public sector and to network with housing associations. Orbit housing association are among the first to sign up to ensure their residents can take advantage of the opportunities.

Unemployed local residents will be able to access jobs with a range of employers, as well as training and work experience opportunities. At the previous South London Jobs Fair in 2012, over 600 employment opportunities were available to the residents of 14 housing associations.

The jobs fair is run by South London-based social enterprise 3D Change who have also built the innovative Launch for Jobs online portal. Launch for Jobs connects job seekers to job vacancies all year around. The portal also helps residents to become job-ready by providing training and work experience opportunities with employers.

Jobs will be in a range of industries and will include suppliers to the housing associations, local small and medium sized business and major companies. The jobs fair also provides a great opportunity for local businesses to learn about the opportunities available to work with housing associations and the public sector.

Moira Skinner, Managing Director and founder of 3D Change said: “Working with the housing associations enables us to help such a large number of their residents across South London to find jobs. It also enables us to access great employers, including the suppliers of the housing associations. The South London Jobs Fair is more important than ever before with large numbers of people currently looking for work and also growing organisations seeking talent.”

Gary Stephens, Procurement Director of Orbit Group: “The South London Jobs Fair is win-win for housing associations as it is a place for local suppliers who share our ethos to learn about working with the housing sector. Working with small and medium sized employers is a key part of our objective to create thriving and empowered communities and supports our delivery of social value.”

Craig Atkins, Community Investment Officer at Orbit South: “Employment and skills is one of Orbit’s key priorities for investing in our communities. The South London Jobs Fair and Launch for Jobs are great initiatives to help our residents find job opportunities with our supply-chain and other local and national businesses.”

The South London Jobs Fair 2014 which will be held at Fairfield Halls in Croydon on 21 October. Residents who would like to attend the jobs fair or benefit from the job brokerage service should speak to their housing association.

Businesses and housing associations who wish to take part should contact 3D Change on 020 8781 1813 or email info@3dchange.co.uk

The previous South London Jobs Fair in 2012 organised by 3D Change was attended by over 2,000 job seekers, fourteen housing associations and a large number of employers. 600 job opportunities were created and filled.

Set up by Moira Skinner in 2007, 3D Change are a registered social enterprise, reinvesting a percentage of their profits back into the community for development purposes.

Specialising in jobs fairs driven by a passion to get people into employment, 3D Change are now taking a significant step forward in their efforts to get people into work by creating the Launch for Jobs online brokerage tool.

In addition to the South London Jobs Fair, 3D Change have run successful jobs fairs in Brighton where over 2,000 opportunities were brought to the table.

Release ends.

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